'Star Wars' jumps to Blu-ray: Finally, deleted scenes from the original trilogy!

I feel a great disturbance in the Force. The kind of feeling I get when asked to shell out for new Star Wars reissues. But you’d have to be as tight-fisted as a Toydarian not to get excited about the Star Wars Blu-ray box sets (out Sept. 16). Today, in honor of Star Wars Day (“May the Fourth Be With You!”), Lucasfilm finally released closely-guarded details about the saga’s jump to Hi Def, including the new Blu-ray cover art. You can choose to buy all six films in one nine-disc set, or the two trilogies separately. You can check out larger images of the box art below:

Though the nine-disc brick boasts 40 hours of special features, a lot is rehashed from previous DVD editions, including the original audio commentaries from George Lucas & Co. (There are new commentaries featuring archival interviews with the cast and crew.) Others seem practically redundant, like a 91 minute documentary on Star Wars spoofs — I’d rather pick up power converters at Toshi Station than have to watch “Weird Al” Yankovic’s “American Pie”/Phantom Menace mashup “The Saga Begins” again.

That said, fans would brave the frozen wastes of Hoth to check out “A Conversation with the Masters: The Empire Strikes Back 30 Years Later,” a half-hour documentary shot last year that reunites Lucas, director Irvin Kershner (who died last November), screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, and composer John Williams as they reminisce about the most beloved installment.

But the real reason to pick up the set, aside from the chance to see Salacious Crumb in HD, is the collection of deleted, alternate, and extended scenes from the Original Trilogy, most of which have been completely unavailable to fans. One, an alternate opening to Return of the Jedi showing a brooding Luke Skywalker finishing his lightsaber in a Tatooine cave, screened at Orlando’s Celebration V last August. Another is rumored to be the five minutes or so that initially ran near the beginning of A New Hope, showing more of Luke Skywalker’s home life on Tatooine.

Padawan readers, are you planning to open your purse strings for Star Wars on Blu-ray? And, if so, what’s the draw? Some of these never-before-seen Original Trilogy moments? Or the chance to ogle Princess Leia’s bikini attire in HD?


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  • JG

    You cannot put off the hi-def TV purchase anymore.

    • God

      Line up to pay for this again, suckers.

      • Fingerlakes Dave

        Away troll!

  • Jon

    Nope.
    .
    No original trilogy = no purchase

    • ST

      Do you mean without the edits and new additions? The original release for the first trilogy?

      • Jon

        Yes. The original trilogy.
        .
        Not remastered.
        .
        No special editions.
        .
        The original trilogy.

      • John Davis

        He can’t be that stubborn and not add it can he? How hard could it be?

    • Joe

      I agree. I own them on DVD and the picture is very clear. I will only buy the original Star Wars Triology if the original versions are released.

    • Roekest

      Jon,

      You can buy the Original Trilogy, in a way. Pick up the 3-disc set for the remastered OT. If you get the right set, they include the theatrical releases of all 3 OT movies. I’ve got them at home and it’s awesome. Like being a little kid again.

  • Sonji

    Haven’t these been shown on HD cable channels? Are the BDs really going to be that much better?

    • Samantha

      Nothing but a scam.
      And this writer is shilling without remorse. Pathetic.

      • Dwight K Schrute

        You are an idiot.

    • Dwight K Schrute

      If you don’t know the quality difference between the over-compressed inferior cable HD signals and the blu ray, then you are ignorant.

      • Stephanie

        Now now, play nice.

      • Peter

        Well, by definition, yes, that person would be ignorant. There’s nothing wrong with ignorance about video technology. You migh thave politely explained that yes, it will be better and why.

      • Michael Scott

        It’s Dwight, everybody.

  • Thom

    The only way I’d ever buy this if it came with the non-CGI cuts of the original trilogy.

    Otherwise – like the prequel trilogy – this is just a whole lot of nothing.

    • Lee

      Yup. Give me the OG George Lucas or nothing at all!

    • Dixie

      Han shot first. That is all.

  • Summer

    THIS IS SO COOL!!!!!! I LOVE Star Wars!!!!

  • PETE

    i want these now!!

  • Apollo22

    I heard the SW Christmas Special is finally going to be included. If that is true, that alone is worth the purchase.

    • Jacob Nion

      that was just a april fools joke the force cast threw out

    • Chic Geek

      Even still, why would you want a polished up turd like that?

  • Stephanie

    I will buy it for two reasons. One, because I will FINALLY have all 6 movies in one set, and two, because it’s BAD @SS!!!

  • Lex

    I’m tempted to get the original trilogy for the deleted scenes. But I’d rather watch the original versions.

    • Jon

      The deleted scenes won’t be with the original trilogy.
      .
      The only way to get any extras other than the commentaries is to buy the 9 disc mega-set.
      .
      The three movie sets of each trilogy will only have the movies and the commentary.
      .
      This article does a horrible job of detailing what is going to be available with which set. The nerd culture blog Topless Robot (yes, SFW) has a run-down of the announcement.

  • jodipo

    I do not understand why Lucas REFUSES to allow people to watch the original versions of the original trilogy. I will NOT buy the new versions again. I bought them on dvd and assumed the originals would be available as well ont he disks. Silly me

    • Fingerlakes Dave

      He claims he doesn’t have

  • frank

    I own about 3 different versions of the star wars movies, and i will more than likely not be buying this. At least not the first week, if it goes on sale for 29.95 or something, i might buy it. But the only people buying these are those people who have either never seen all of the movies, or those who just want it on Blu-ray. Lucas can keep his money> i will say this, i saw Star Wars on my dads Vizio, he has satellite, and it was beautiful. I could not believe i was watching a 30 year old movie. If i could see star wars like that by watching it on Blu-ray, then i might want to buy it.

    • Michael Scott

      you can pre-order on amazon. $90 for everything.

    • Don

      Um let me see, if you saw it on your dads vizio and were blown away then you need to keep your version. Vizios suck!! Watch it on a Panasonic with a Dolby HD or DTS master audio sound system on Blu-ray. If the Vizio on cable blew you away, this will actually kill you.

  • Harry a

    Can’t wait to have it love blueray

  • RK

    Spaceballs II: The Search for More Money

    • Emma

      Amen. Now I’m off to spend my hard-earned cash on some childhood nostalgia.

      • Osni

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    • JSC

      I am still waiting in line.

  • Jake

    I screwed up and buy most of the collection in full-screen (with the exception of III)which I bought widescreen I wouldn’t be as tempted to buy the blu-rays as soon as they come out. However I want all of these movies in wide screen high definition so I’ll be spending 90 bucks probably a little more and ordering these on amazon with 2 day shipping as soon as the Complete Saga set becomes available

  • James

    Lucas needs to get a life beyond Star Wars. This nonsense is wearing a little thin while becoming more expensive.

    • Psac

      I heard Howard The Duck was next for Blu-ray release.

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